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Monday, 30 April 2012

30 April 2012. Konvertsy “Experts” at OrthoWiki Delete St Serafim Vyritsky From Their Site… How Dare They… He’s One of the Greatest Saints of the Soviet Period

St Serafim Vyritsky (1866- 1949)… He prayed on a rock for the victory of the USSR in the VOV… no lie… is that why the konvertsy snub him?


I was looking for quotes from St Serafim Vyritsky today, so, I Googled his name, using several different formats (those familiar with Russian transliteration know what I mean). Well, guess what the konvertsy “experts and scholars” at OrthoWiki did? They deleted the article on him! Fancy that! One of the greatest saints of the Soviet period, and they shitcanned him… they have tons on squiffy Renovationist creepozoids like Aleksandr Schmemann, John Meyendorff, and Aleksandr Men… but a true saint of the Church? Down the slop chute with him! This was on the page: This article has been marked for deletion. This could be for a number of reasons, including OrthodoxWiki policy. See further information on its talk page (click here for the page in question).

Here are their criteria for deletion:

An article may be deleted from OrthodoxWiki by a sysop for any of the following reasons (non-exclusive):

  • Its sole purpose is vandalism (obscenity, nonsense, etc.).
  • It has no content (may include only headers or external links).
  • It is not encyclopaedic (may be an essay, personal opinion, polemic, directory, etc.)
  • It is not directly relevant to the Orthodox Church.
  • It is non-notable (i.e., not important enough to history to be included in an encyclopaedia).
  • It duplicates an existing article.
  • It is in a user’s personal userspace who has requested deletion.
  • There is a consensus of editors and sysops that the article is inappropriate or unnecessary.


Well, firstly, St Serafim Vyritsky IS an acknowledged saint of the Church. Therefore, he IS directly relevant to the Orthodox Church and he IS notable, and if there IS a “consensus of editors and sysops that the article is inappropriate or unnecessary”, it only proves the belief held by many that OrthoWiki’s somewhat “soft” as a source… as a priest-friend of mine said, “Most of it’s convert rubbish”. For instance, they don’t have an article on Antony Bartoshevich, one of the most notable ROCOR bishops of the 60s and 70s.

It DOES take all kinds. To give St Serafim, who prayed on a rock during the entire Great Patriotic War for the victory of the Red Army and the deliverance of the Russian people from the Fascist aggressors, short shrift whilst trumpeting the Renovationist lies of the SVS crowd is just unconscionable. However, you know the sort… they lurk behind usernames on Monomakhos and OCATruth (they don’t have the guts to sign their names to their screeds). There’s no need to go “off”… this is just another proof that the konvertsy not only aren’t of us… they never were, and are utterly incapable of being such. Sad, ain’t it?

As for me, I DO honour St Serafim Vyritsky… and, no doubt, so do you. Light a candle and pray to God… that’s all that we can do until these loopy sorts leave us…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 30 April 2012

Albany NY 

Just Got This Department: 

One of the Kitchen Cabinet sent this: 

The OrthodoxWiki article on St Serafim of Vyritsa is here. The deletion page is for the URL with the spelling “Viritsa”, which doesn’t comply with their transliteration standards. That said, OrthodoxWiki entries must be taken with a grain of salt. I personally know clueless young housewives and ignorant basement-dwellers who create articles like it’s their job. Also, people like Whiteford spend an inordinate amount of time editing articles there for the sake of propaganda. So, caveat emptor.

I knew that if I threw this into the pond, something would come up. This was the only entry on the search results page from OrthoWiki, Google’s caught with its nicks around its ankles yet again.



Tuesday, 1 November 2011

1 November 2011. “Orthodox Internet Services” and “Orthodox Web Services” Are One and the Same

Filed under: internet — 01varvara @ 00.00
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I got a snarky comment from a “Fr John”… I’ve got comments turned off, how he “got in”, I’ll never know. He’s a geek of some sort, no doubt. He was blathering that his company didn’t host “OrthoWiki”. Au contraire. Orthodox Internet Services and Orthodox Web Services are run by the same “Fr John”… and the sites are linked (you go from OrthoWiki to OIS to OWS, they’re all linked directly). In short, “Fr John” screwed up publicly when OrthoWiki crashed, and he’s trying to crawl out from underneath it. I’d say that Orthodox Internet Services is a poor product… the layout stinks and the search function sucks. Of course, he’s not responsible for the questionable content.

I’m NOT retracting my earlier post… Orthodox Internet Services and Orthodox Web Services are linked, and are one business, in essence (they share the same head). If you’re not one business, remove the links… it’s quite that simple. Caveat lector, kids… especially in the virtual world…


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

26 October 2011. As of 21.45 EDT, Monomakhos and OrthoWiki Back Up… For Now, At Least

Now, you see them; now, you don’t… Monomakhos and OrthoWiki are back up… for now. I’d love to know their excuse… it’s probably a good one. Smile and pass the jug… the world’s not stopped being crank. Just what Orthodox Web Services needed, an obvious failure right before the Sobor.


26 October 2011. “Orthodox Web Solutions” is on the Fritz… Can’t Log into OrthoWiki

Filed under: internet,Orthodox life,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00
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First, there was a problem with Monomakhos… now, there’s a problem with OrthoWiki. I use it mainly for dates and whatnot… that’s what it’s good for… most of the rest is rubbishy jumped-up convert nonsense. I tried logging on… it won’t load. I then tried going via Google… that didn’t work either. It looks like “Orthodox Web Solutions” is having beaucoup troubles. Again… no indication of “why”. Yet… it’s interesting, nicht wahr?


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